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    2003 e39 ///M5
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    1972 HQ Monaro LS

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  1. Drove it - New Plymouth to Hamilton .. washed it... as you do...
  2. Caffeine and Classics 25th Feb, smales farm,north shore.
  3. Always good to welcome another e39 owner along Cheers Stuart.
  4. @BreakMyWindow Those pictures look very very familiar , just done this to the LR door on M5 but not sure if it has worked... may need to rip it off again...
  5. The fun continues , today was mancave day on the 530 for: Upper rear suspension wishbones (right side was going to fail next WOF), new radiator (original one still in car, not happy with fit of new one, Schmiedmann claims its OE quality but the shroud not quite right, it's in though..), and exhaust bracket replaced due to breakage. Lucky I parked the other e39 out front as an emergency trip to SCA was needed for more tools... also had to hunt high and low for a nut to fit exhaust bracket, happy to say there's a little bit of HQ Holden in the Beema...
  6. Now coming up 18 months of ownership (got it at 232k km, now sitting at 244k km) and it's been a great (and somewhat $$) journey. I absolutely love this car and as I've spent far more than it's worth (price of a hobby..), it might be around for some time... although everything has its price... As a short summary of some work...; Interior and exterior trim/seals and underbody shields, centre console compartment and cupholders, watermark and clear coat scratch removal (2000 grit wet sand + 3M 3 step buff & polish process), paintless dent removal, rear bumper paint, VANOS O-rings, DISA (G.A.S kit), new CCV system, thermostat, waterpump, belts, hoses, gaskets, O-rings, fan clutch, fan shroud, wheel refurb, oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket (weeping again damit), spark plugs, washer jets and pipes, fuel cap, radiator cap (1.2 bar) and a fair bit of underbody and wheel arch cleaning. New tyres Falken FK453 all around (rears today..). Also today I had windscreen replaced under insurance for a faulty rain sensor, now got a BMW screen in with the optical bit of the sensor factory glued... Also today headlight adjusters replaced and lens polished (not cheap exercise but cheaper than new lights...). Also informed that top right rear suspension arm is getting tired so a new set is on the way from FCP Euro. AND finally a new radiator from Schmiedmann is sitting in the garage waiting to go in (the original 2002 built one is still in the car - on borrowed time...). Most of the work above been done by myself and YouTube... some exceptions... In the year or so prior to me getting it, it had a front end re-paint (spoiler not original as headlight washer jets are missing - indicates a bit of a biff in a previous life), a radiator expansion tank, OFHG, and trans fluid renewed among a few usual items... Next year I think I'll have to address the paint on roof as a few historic stone chips up there need dealing to... Like all of our cars - it's had a lot thrown at it, but I wouldn't have it any other way...
  7. Eight exhaust pipes - now that is just plain greedy...
  8. I think when any car gets old and has been owned by a "normal" person, they need a lot of love to get them back to "enthusiast" standard and I don't think the e39 is any exception. Pro's: it's an e39. Con's: owning two of them and indecision on which one to drive on any particular day....
  9. Sorry, did not contact, only got as far as drooling, but don't recall any questions/answers.
  10. I had the wheels repaired (curbing and one dent on inside rim) and refinished in shadow chrome. A good job done but I understand they (the contractor to CJ BMW) had to try 3 times to get it right.... Cost $300 per wheel which I think is pretty good really considering the SC finish required. Also had the headlight adjusters replaced, aiming system checked and set, and the lenses fine polished and UV coated.
  11. Went for a drive.... I like my "new" wheels
  12. I hear ya... The adhesive pads are a "use once" deal so of course they would not replace it, unless a new screen comes with a pad which you'd like to think they would? I have some on the way off ebay. Interestingly with the sensor disconnected the wipers revert to a normal intermittent mode... Also bought one of those cassette tape input thingys, plugged it into a cheapo Bluetooth thingy and now have phone media connectivity with a sound that is surprisingly good... eat ya heart out Dynavin... Console back together now and looking good...
  13. Today, on the 530 I removed the centre console cover to reveal 14 years of meal consumption evidence for ahh removal... Also glued down the silver trim which had broken away, and replaced storage compartment with sliding cover. Cleaned all switches, leather boots etc. Going back in tomorrow when the glue dries. Must do this on the M5 to see what hidden treasures lurk... Also going to remove rain sensor as it is not working (and have really needed it lately...). I suspect the clear adhesive pad is coming away there is a large area of "air bubble" across the sensor face. Hopefully can get another pad...
  14. Sweepstake? Come on - put yours in to nearest hundy... prize is basking in 15s of online glory.. $5.3k
  15. Cheers, I say three fantastic cars as the 530 in many respects is a seriously good practical and awesome performing vehicle - that looks the part... I was a certifiable Holden nutcase back in the 90's when one could actually afford them. I'm very lucky to have this LS Monaro (a CV8 Monaro made way for it..) and now having discovered Beema's, my allegiance's are very much split... and my credit card is consequently more plastic than elastic...